“Capital Bikeshare” Rental Rolls Out In Washington DC

For busy commuters trying to get to work in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA, it can be a pretty stressful time travelling to and from the office. But let’s take a moment to look at this latest concept “Capital Bikeshare”, which could make life easier, better for the environment and in the long run keep you fit. What could be better?

Public bike-sharing is not a new concept, as some of you may be aware of “Zipcar”. But what makes Capital Bikeshare a little different is the technology used called “BIXI”. Blake at Mashable reported that , it will give riders quick access to unlock a bike with the advantage of using a special key card. Unlike other bike rental companies, Capital Bikeshare allow users to return the bike to any station, not just from where it was rented.

Capital Bikeshare’s pricing structure is fairly competitive for the short rides offered. For those of you who are interested, membership will cost you $25 for 30 days, $75 for the year, although if you get in quick, you can enjoy the special introductory fee of $50 or if you prefer to try it out for the day, rental will cost $5. Riders can choose the rental time required, bearing in mind the first 30 minutes of any ride is free, 60 minutes will cost you $1.50 and 90 minutes, an additional $3.00 (for a total of $4.50). Bikes can be kept for a maximum of 24 hours but they must be returned after that time.

What are your thoughts on renting a bike to get to work? Will you be swayed by the idea of keeping fit, a feeling of calmness when you get into work, and potentially helping the environment? Give us your thoughts. To check out more on this log onto Mashable